World Vision Global Power Claims

The information behind the headlines of World Vision’s global impact.

The claims

The Global Power Claims were co-developed by experts from our Evidence and Learning, and Marketing teams using a rigorous, research-based process that is summarised below. They are reviewed regularly by Evidence and Learning staff to ensure they reflect the latest evidence of impact data.

The Global Power Claims were revalidated in 2022

NB: When FY is used in the below texts, this refers to 'Financial Year' – for example FY15-FY19 means over the financial years of 2015 to 2019.

Every 60 seconds … a family gets water … a hungry child is fed … a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.

The data

  • Based on an average of 3.86 million people per year reached with access to clean water and an average household of six individuals, this results in 643,038 families. That means 1.2 family every 60 seconds (643,038 families/525,600 minutes per year).
  • Based on an average of 7.0 million children receiving food assistance per year over the past five years (FY16-FY20). 31.536 million seconds per year/7.0 million children results in one child per seven seconds. We have taken a conservative approach and rounded down one child every 60 seconds.
  • Based on the FY20 value of 566,003 new households reached by VisionFund, it can be claimed that one new household is reached every 56 seconds (31.536 million seconds per year / 566,003), equivalent to 1.1 households every 60 seconds. In addition, World Vision livelihoods programmes have significant reach both within and beyond the VisionFund programme areas.

Until FY20, the saving groups programmes supported about 1,537,990 active Savings Groups members. In FY20, 166,222 farmers were trained in productive and sustainable farming practices.

World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and reaches three more schools every day with clean water.

The data

Based on an average of 3.86 million people per year over the last five years (FY16-20) reached with access to clean water, and an average of 1,824 schools per year over the past five years (FY16-20).

3.86 million people per year/ 31.536 million seconds per year results in one person on an average of every 8.2 seconds being reached with clean water. 1,824 schools per year/ 365 days per year results in on average of 5.0 schools being reached with clean water every day.

We have taken a conservative approach and rounded down one person every 10 seconds and three schools per day to account for potential fluctuations from year to year.

Over the last 10 years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.

The data

From FY11 to FY20, a total of 497,087 children were admitted for treatment of Severe and Acute Malnutrition; 477,629 received outpatient therapeutic care, and 19,458 received in-patient care for medical complications at stabilisation centres. Among those who were discharged over that ten-year period, 89.3% fully recovered.

In addition, 1,011,721 moderate acutely malnourished children and 457,151 pregnant and breastfeeding women received care through supplementary food programmes.

Together we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.

The data

We are counting cumulative numbers from FY16 to the end of FY20, avoiding double-counting of children. In FY20, approximately 40 million children benefited through our relief and development programmes.

Over the period from FY16-FY20, World Vision made significant contribution to policy advances for many millions of children. To calculate this we count the number of vulnerable children for whom World Vision contributed to more than one policy change or implementation addressing the root causes of vulnerability, and where there is some evidence of implementation of at least one of the policies (with double counting removed). This came to approximately 473 million children from FY16 to FY20. 

Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit, too.

The data

Programmes directly report numbers of sponsored children and children needing sponsors, as well as the number of direct beneficiaries in Horizon. The number of direct beneficiaries can be disaggregated by age range. This analysis used both the total number of sponsored children reported and the total number of direct beneficiaries of child age. Among the programmes included in the calculation, there were 2,506,399 sponsored children and 24,982,250 direct participating children in the programmes.

A sponsored child to direct participating children ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of direct participating by the total number of sponsored children. Therefore the data shows that for every sponsored child, there were 8 additional children directly benefited. We have taken a conservative approach and rounded down 4 more children benefit for every sponsored child.